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The Madame Blanc Mysteries

Channel 5 and Acorn TV. The setting is the South of France in some antiquing town near the Côte d'Azur but it's filmed in Malta. It's a total somnolent cheesefest geared to lowbrow pensioners, and I really like it. Everything is so shoddy - dialogue, accents, plots, originality - but there are good performances of the tacky stereotyped characters. Of note, Robin Askwith and Sue Holderness as the ancient rich couple bubbling with Auntie Mame's Zest for Living!

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by Anonymousreply 4February 10, 2024 2:13 PM

Robin Askwith is a name I've not heard in a long time! Probably not as "horny" as he used to be in films...

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by Anonymousreply 1February 10, 2024 1:27 PM

It’s written by the two actresses on the show. Sally Lindsey (Madame Blanc) and Sue Vincent (Gloria).

It sort of has a frau-ey, wishful “Ina Garten” feel to it in that while the lead is called Mrs. White, she fancies herself Madame Blanc.

Like other Brit shows, like Father Brown, it requires a huge suspension of belief. The fact that she can sit in with the police and question suspects is highly dubious and would never be allowed in real life.

by Anonymousreply 2February 10, 2024 1:28 PM

[quote]Robin Askwith is a name I've not heard in a long time!

When I saw the first episode, I thought he looked really familiar. I had to look him up and then remembered, he’s the young guy who made a career out of lowbrow “Jack the Lad” sex comedies.

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by Anonymousreply 3February 10, 2024 1:38 PM

Okay, so as a prior disclosure I do like all those old "Carry on" films, but even so that chocolate cream éclair scene just got a good laugh out of me!

by Anonymousreply 4February 10, 2024 2:13 PM
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